Well, I had a gift voucher and thought I'd wait for a discount day and then splurge on a winter raincoat as I'm not convinced I'll need a heavy duty wool coat this winter.
The mac arrived and it's lovely quality and everything plus the print is fab although very bright ... ... but to be honest the fabric just does not look like it would last a rain shower let alone a torrential one (I'm talking 'Pennine rain' here for anyone up north who remembers how torrential and soaking this can be).
It's an incredibly expensive purchase even with the gift voucher part payment, so does anyone have any reviews/views on this item? I'm aware Mumsnet seems to be heavily advertising this brand but hopefully I can get some real opinions not just reps from LiveWorld.
I bought a Boden Rainy Day Mac a few years ago, and was thoroughly disappointed by its performance in anything more than the lightest of showers, especially for the price (I think I had a thread about it on here at the time!) I did keep mine (I'd got it in their sale, and it was a lovely cheery print fabric), but I also bought a full-on Lands End stadium squall coat - not so pretty, but definitely waterproof and very warm.
I think I'm going to be returning it based on some other reviews I've just read too. Theoretically I could bung some nixwax all over it to waterproof it properly but the fabric may not support it
What a shame, you'd think for that price they could make it GoreTex'd too.
I did consider the Seasalt one but didn't have a gift voucher for it, else I would have. It gets good rain reviews and the print is more restrained which I also like. I've been bowled over by this Boden plaid print but ultimately, it's not a raincoat it's a fashion statement first. Pah!
Anyone want to swap my Boden voucher for a Seasalt one so I can buy this !
I do love mine though - it is so lightweight but warm. I hate heavy winter coats. The fleecy pocket linings are great and means I hardly wear gloves. I have just washed mine in the machine (against the label's strict instructions) and squirted with Nikwax. May be the undoing of the coat! When it was new (last year) water (light rain) beaded off quite nicely, but it has stopped now. I will report back with results!
My rainy day mac needs cleaning. I was thinking of washing it the machine as it isn't very waterproof anymore. I do like it and wear it a lot but I would probably buy a longer, more durable coat next time. I agree about the size of the hood; it needs to be bigger.